The New Privileged Class Speaks
Peter Bradley MP for The Wrekin and the parliamentary private secretary to Alun Michael, the rural affairs minister has admitted that the hunting ban was not about cruelty to animals but was a class war, a grubby attempt to hurt those, who these labour MPs believe are the aristocracy.
â€œNow that hunting has been banned, we ought at last to own up to it: the struggle over the Bill was not just about animal welfare and personal freedom, it was class warâ€. â€œLabour governments have come and gone and left little impression on the gentry. But a ban on hunting touches them. It threatens their inalienable right to do as they please on their land. For the first time, a decision of a Parliament they don’t control has breached the lodge gatesâ€.
â€œThe old order is going, but its values continue to dominate the Tory belief system. In a culture that now demands equality of opportunity, too many Conservatives can only properly enjoy what others do not have.
That is why they have an ideological commitment to private health and public schools. It’s why they oppose the right to roam and a ban on hunting. For them it’s ownership of property, especially land, and not citizenship that confers privilege. It’s why they believe that the rights of minorities – or at least their minority – should prevail over those of majorities.
But in an age in which we are all aspirational and few are deferential, that is an increasingly unappealing philosophy. The tide is against the Tories as it is against the hunters and, now more than ever, the House of Lordsâ€.
There are here some very serious concerns for all of us to consider, no matter what our views on hunting may be.
For seven long years these MPs have been trying to ban fox hunting on a platform of cruelty to animals, they have gone out of their way to try to show that hunting with hounds is a cruel method of fox control, they have never argued against the control of foxes or the necessity of culling them simply that hunting is not acceptable. Now when it is all over in Parliament, this cretin comes up with the real reason, nothing to do with cruelty to animals at all, we just wanted to hit the toffs where it hurt them.
Perhaps we can now ask this bunch of liars to repay out of their own pockets all the tax money the government has had to spend on the various countryside reports and on the time spent on judgeâ€™s inquiryâ€™s into cruelty, when this was never the intention in the firsts place, perhaps they should also be made to pay for the unemployment of ordinary people their mean little law will cause. This also shows that the Country Side alliance were absolutely right to say that the case on cruelty had never been proven.
The hunters have never said that the rights of their minority should prevail over the rights of the majority they have never tried to force people who do not hunt to take up hunting, they have only ever said that their rights as a minority should have the same protection in law as any other minority group.
If this is a class war, who is it against, those who do have, as against those who do not, or is it simply about replacing one small sector who have wealth, with another equally small sector. Rather like the ruling class in communist Russia who just replaced the old system, but the people themselves did not get a look in. If it is about equality then why is it that the new elites can send their children across London to the best state school, or why is it that Tony Blair can get immediate National Health Service treatment that the rest of us have to wait in line for? If the old system is so bad how it is that Diane Abbot is and thousands of other ordinary people are allowed to send their sons to a private school, a right we all have to make a choice. So what exactly is wrong with choice the choice to choose to pay for private health care, the right to choose to pay for private schooling or the right to choose to go hunting?
Peter Bradley admits that this is a class war and it is about power, but the power of whom against whom? the power of the people to elect their own government, the power of the law to define what is and what is not allowed by parliament, or is it merely the power of a few elites elected by a minority of voters in this country to do anything they please, the power to ride roughshod over all our inalienable democratic rights.
It now seems that Peter Bradley and his crew want to hit the lords, where it hurts as well, perhaps we should all be extremely concerned about such an attitude. The House of Lords is not and was never put there to be a rubber stamp for the elected house, its job is not to just nod through the passing wishes of a short term movement, it job is to ensure that the laws of this country and the rights of its people are not taken over by a pack of deviant despotic minded yobs, its job is to protect the democracy of this country from people like Peter Bradley who believe they have an inalienable right to do anything they wish simple because a minority of the people who can vote voted for them.
The division of powers in our system government makes it impossible for our democracy to be taken over by a dictator, so any moves to remove that division are illegal, what we now see happening is that the rules that defend our democracy are being removed, the block to a dictator are being removed, and as Peter Bradley makes clear they will tell you anything to achieve their ends, they need to ban fox hunting because it is cruel, they need to have the power to remove and ignore any and all laws in this country and imprison anyone without trial because of terrorists, they need to issue compulsory ID cards because of terrorists, and so on, but what are they really up, to what is their real agenda. Obviously if we cannot believe them when they tell us the reasons they wish to ban foxhunting, why should we believe them when they tell us anything else.